Nazi demons laid to rest in World Cup stadium


As the national teams marched past, the French were greeted with a huge ovation for giving the Nazi salute, while the British, who refused to give the salute, performing instead a military-style 'eyes right', were received almost in silence.

Nazi demons laid to rest in World Cup stadium

6th July 2006

The 2006 World Cup Final is being held in the place where the 1936 Olympics took place, known as the "Nazi Olympics." The France football team will play in the stadium where their Olympics team (cowardly collaborators) did a Nazi salute to Hitler when he opened those Olympics, and where the British silenced the crowd by refusing to do the Nazi salute and instead performed a military-style 'eyes right'.

In a football match held at Tottenham in December 1935, England played a Germany team composed entirely of players of Aryan blood. 10,000 Germans were there that day waving swastikas. England beat them 3-0.

This Sunday, Italy and France will play the World Cup final in a stadium built by slave labour as a monument to the 1,000 year Reich. The tournament's success is testament to how Germany has changed:

On Sunday, the attention of the whole world will be focused on one place: the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where the football World Cup Final is being staged. This match, which will be watched on television by more than a billion people across the globe, would have given bitter, if twisted, satisfaction to the man who oversaw the design of the stadium and spent a fortune constructing it - Adolf Hitler.

Despite its remodelling, with a new, graceful roof and moveable seating, the stadium is recognisably the same one which hosted the Olympic Games of 1936 - the one arena in which Hitler's ambition to rule victorious over the rest of the civilised world would actually be accomplished, albeit only in the world of athletics.

It is the biggest and best-preserved example of Nazi architecture in Berlin, and was built as an expression of German might. On Sunday, the excited football fans will enter the stadium in the same way that spectators did when Hitler opened the Games on August 1, 1936, between two tall, imposing stone towers which look like fortified turrets, with the five rings of the Olympic symbol strung between them.

That summer's day, conscious that he cut a rather sorry figure in civilian dress, Hitler wore his usual brown uniform with a peaked cap, baggy trousers, knee-length leather boots and swastika armband.

He walked beneath a 220ft-high stone bell-tower, its nine-and-a-half-ton bell inscribed, in Gothic letters, 'I call to the Youth of the World'. A special truck had pulled it slowly across Germany to Berlin, greeted throughout its journey with military parades, bands and speeches.

As Hitler marched slowly between the Olympic teams gathered just outside on the vast open space of the May Field, he was filmed by the camera teams of his favourite director, Leni Riefenstahl. From three miles away, loudspeakers positioned along his route had been intoning: 'He is coming. He is coming.'

When he entered the stadium and ascended to the Ehrentribune, or seat of honour, Hitler was greeted by a sea of swastikas and a thunderous roar of adulation from the capacity crowd - 110,000 arms went up in the Nazi salute.

As the national teams marched past, the French were greeted with a huge ovation for giving the Nazi salute, while the British, who refused to give the salute, performing instead a military-style 'eyes right', were received almost in silence.

The President of the Olympic Committee thanked Hitler for organising the spectacle, 'built according to your will and purpose'. Then the Fuhrer moved to the microphones and declared the Games open.

Trumpets sounded; cannon boomed a salute. The Olympic flag was broken out and a huge flock of pigeons took to the sky, spiralling towards the balloon of the Hindenburg airship, anchored above the stadium.

Composer Richard Strauss conducted his Olympic Hymn, sung by 3,000 choristers dressed in virginal white. He followed it with the German national anthem, Deutschland Uber Alles, and the Nazi Party's own anthem, the Horst Wessel song.

The Olympic Bell began tolling as a blond Aryan youth carrying a torch, the last of 3,075 runners who had brought the flame from Greece, entered the stadium.

He ran up to a crucible mounted on a huge iron tripod and lit the Olympic flame. Finally, in an act of almost obscene irony, Adolf Hitler was presented with an olive branch. What became of it is unknown.

Hitler's seat of honour is still the favourite tourist attraction in the stadium. The view from it is not that different from the one which he enjoyed before the stadium was remodelled, when this was the biggest showpiece of fascist architecture in the world.

The high walls of terraces are still there, as are the colonnades with their deliberate reminder of the Colosseum in Rome, the bell-tower, the Olympic flame urn and, above all, the colossal bronze statues celebrating the power and beauty of Aryan muscle.

It is these statues dotted around the stadium -of a decathlete, discus throwers, relay runners, a woman victor and others - which triggered an embarrassing controversy just as this summer's World Cup was about to get under way. Jewish activists view these statues as hateful symbols of the Aryan master race and wanted them melted down or pulverised.

Ghosts of the past

Inevitably they conjure up ghosts which the host nation would prefer to forget.

In 1936, Hitler had been ruler of Germany for three years. The Olympic Games had been awarded to Germany in 1931, two years before he took office as Chancellor, and at first Hitler was distinctly cool about the Games, calling them 'an invention of Jews and Freemasons'.

Then, encouraged by his Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels, he began to realise what a superb opportunity they offered to parade German supremacy before the assembly of nations.

A racecourse was demolished and the construction work began. Hitler threw a tantrum when the architect, Werner March, delivered his plans, complaining that everything was too small. He wanted to build the biggest stadium in the world.

Albert Speer, later Hitler's Armaments Minister and himself an architect, had to step in with his own more classically imposing design. It was Speer who insisted on cladding the stadium in limestone to make it worthy of a Third Reich which was supposed to last a thousand years.

Meanwhile, there was the problem of 'Jews and Freemasons' to consider. The 1936 Olympics was being turned into a vehicle of nationalist propaganda, and every effort had to be made to hide the dark side of Hitler's Reich.

Notices such as 'Jews Not Wanted Here' outside shops and beer gardens, and 'Jews Forbidden in This Town', were taken down or painted over. As Duff Hart-Davis writes in his book, Hitler's Games, copies of the Jew-baiting journal Der Sturmer were removed from the kiosks, to be replaced by foreign newspapers and magazines which had not been available for years.

Jazz, another manifestation of Jewish-inspired decadence, was allowed again in the nightclubs and dance halls. Prostitutes were frowned upon by the Nazis but, for the Olympics, they were imported in squadrons from the countryside.

Berlin was transformed into a model city, especially when it came to behaviour. Berliners were told to treat everybody politely, giving up their seats to women in buses and trams, 'even if the woman looks like a Jewess'.

That was the easy part: Germans were a naturally hospitable people. But other circulars underlined what was happening behind the scenes.

'In districts where convict labourers are working on the land, these labourers must not be employed near the roads,' ran one. 'Political prisoners and inmates of concentration camps are in no circumstances to work on the land from July 1 to September 1.'

It was a reminder that the Olympic Stadium, like many other state constructions in Nazi Germany, would have been built with the help of slave labour. Hitler had no compunction about this.

He admired ancient Greece and Rome, not only for their emphasis on martial sports but because the Romans took for granted the right of a conqueror to enslave a conquered people.

Around Berlin, in 1936, there were already concentration camps. Oranienburg, in the northern suburbs of Berlin, was half an hour's journey by rail from the stadium.

Inmates penned behind barbed wire slept in the cooling rooms of an old brewery, packed so tight that each man had to creep into his wooden bunk head-first.

Fed on imitation coffee and bits of macaroni and potato, they were sent out all day on forced labour assignments, one of them being to help quarry the stone for the Reich's building programmes.

Oranienburg was one of several such camps which penned up communists, pacifists, socialists, homosexuals, gipsies, Jews, Catholics and people who had simply spoken out against Nazism.

Heinrich Himmler was now leader of the SS, and his guards were employing techniques of brutality which would be refined in the concentration camps after the start of World War II.

Some freed prisoners wrote books about their torture, but only after they had fled to the West. German Press and radio were heavily censored: no word got out, only rumours which nobody chose to investigate.

Much of this was known at the time in the West, yet with the exception of Stalin's Russia (not invited), none of the Olympic teams chose to boycott Hitler's Games.

A few individual athletes pulled out, but the prevailing sentiment was summed up by the British gold medallist sprinter Harold Abrahams, himself Jewish, who said: 'If the British team goes to Berlin, it will be an influence for the good.'

This was despite the fact that, since 1933, Jewish sportsmen and women had been largely excluded from competing, except among themselves. Under pressure from the International Olympic Committee, the Germans unwillingly allowed a couple of Jews, both women, to train for the Olympics, though only one was permitted to participate.

Jewish footballers banned

Collaborating with the Nazis, the German football federation had prohibited Jewish footballers from any form of competition in their leagues as early as 1933.

In all, 40,000 Jewish footballers were excluded. Among them was the international soccer star Julius Hirsch, who later perished in one of the death camps.

News of this prohibition had reached Britain, but it wasn't enough to persuade the authorities to call off an international match between England and Germany in December 1935, in which a German football team of Aryan blood played England at Tottenham.

Some 10,000 German supporters, waving swastikas, cheered on their team. England won the match 3-0, but Germany won in the propaganda stakes.

So it did again at the Olympic Games. Hitler was triumphant. German athletes won more gold medals than any other nation, thus proving to his satisfaction that Germany was ready to take on the world.

He ordered Speer to produce blueprints for a new stadium seating 400,000 people, telling him that when the war was won, every Olympic Games would take place in Germany.

In fact, the Third Reich lasted only 12 years. After its defeat, the Olympic complex served as the headquarters of the British Army in Berlin until 1994. A museum near the main gate now explains the stadium's history.

The bronze statues are part of a dreadful era which cannot be forgotten or wiped away by destroying its artefacts.

To lop them down would be to suggest that the Nazi period still casts a long shadow. Germany's magnificent hosting of the 2006 World Cup should dispel whatever shadow remains.
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It's all fluff. You can't lay to rest what most can't articulate. The darker Germany will always be there as will the darker Japan. Looking at the latter, a renaissance of militarism and worship of the old rank is a key feature of modern Japan. Shrines to WWII Japanese soldiers and airmen are vastly popular and the myth of imperial might lives on.
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It's all fluff. You can't lay to rest what most can't articulate. The darker Germany will always be there as will the darker Japan. Looking at the latter, a renaissance of militarism and worship of the old rank is a key feature of modern Japan. Shrines to WWII Japanese soldiers and airmen are vastly popular and the myth of imperial might lives on.

Bingo. Couldn't have said it better myself, so I won't. Excellent job.
The irony of this thread is that it hasn't been left to rest.

When I hear the word 'Germany' my first reaction is millions of Germans screaming 'Heil hitler.' Then haunting images of skeleton-thin gas chamber victims being buried in open trenches and their empty pleading stares being covered with dirt.

We owe it to those millions murdered: old women, babies ripped from mother's arms... to never let the Nazi demons be laid to rest.
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here are a few Nazi demons that must also be exorcised:

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